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If We Can’t Call it Terrorism, We’re on the Verge of Orwell’s 1984

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If We Can't Call it Terrorism, We're on the Verge of Orwell's 1984

Attacks in New Jer­sey, New York, and Min­nesota on Sat­ur­day were, by def­i­n­i­tion, ter­ror­ism. Web­sters’ Dic­tio­nary says that ter­ror­ism is “the use of vio­lent acts to frighten the peo­ple in an area as a way of try­ing to achieve a polit­i­cal goal.” Today, we can add “reli­gious goals” into the def­i­n­i­tion as well since nearly all acts of ter­ror­ism are done in the name of Islam.

I’m old enough to remem­ber when the dystopian vision of George Orwell’s 1984 was as impos­si­ble to see in Amer­ica as com­mu­nism or anar­chy. Now, it seems to be a race between the three most destruc­tive soci­etal estab­lish­ments to see which one can take hold first. At this point, the most likely win­ner would be the total­i­tar­ian police state of 1984 creep­ing quickly into the thoughts of Amer­i­cans because media’s and politi­cians’ mas­tery of dou­ble­s­peak is pol­lut­ing the cul­tural awareness.

Most non-​conservatives don’t even think twice when the media ques­tions Don­ald Trump about why he called the explo­sion in New York City a “bomb­ing.” They want us to ignore the fact that dump­sters do not blow up by them­selves. They def­i­nitely want us to pre­tend that Trump was evil for call­ing it a bomb­ing while Hillary Clin­ton was right­eous for call­ing it a bomb­ing moments later.

Even this morn­ing after it was revealed that there was a sec­ond bomb in the form of a pres­sure cooker rigged with a cel­lu­lar det­o­na­tor, NYC Mayor Bill de Bla­sio said that it wasn’t ter­ror­ism. Keep in mind that he acknowl­edged it was an “inten­tional act” but wouldn’t say ter­ror­ism. What other motives can there for inten­tion­ally blow­ing up a dump­ster on a busy street in the busiest city in America?

Even when Gov­er­nor Andrew Cuomo comes out and admits it was ter­ror­ism, he has to add a qual­i­fier to it by say­ing that it wasn’t “inter­na­tional” ter­ror­ism. Does that make you feel better?

Folks, that’s dou­ble­s­peak. Just as Ft. Hood wasn’t “work­place vio­lence,” the Chelsea bomb­ing wasn’t a “waste man­age­ment mishap,” though today it wouldn’t shock me to hear it called that by the press or the White House.

Pipe bombs in New Jer­sey are ter­ror­ism. Men ask­ing peo­ple if they’re Mus­lims and refer­ring to Allah before stab­bing them is ter­ror­ism, but some­how the motives are still being ques­tioned. It’s as if we’re so scared as a soci­ety to jump to con­clu­sions that we won’t come to con­clu­sions at all. This is a dan­ger­ous men­tal­ity for any nation that’s specif­i­cally tar­geted by mul­ti­ple ter­ror­ist groups who have inserted or indoc­tri­nated their agents into the population.

The key to the government’s suc­cess in 1984 was in how they rede­fined truth. His­tory was what­ever the gov­ern­ment said it was. Peo­ple were attacked for speak­ing the truth and rewarded for agree­ing with the government’s lies. Their best weapon was the fear of con­se­quences that they were able to impose on the peo­ple. They had to fear every­one they talked to, even fam­ily. Their best agents were chil­dren. The way that lib­er­al­ism and dou­ble­s­peak are spread­ing through the coun­try, specif­i­cally within our edu­ca­tion sys­tem and media, it’s no longer impos­si­ble to imag­ine a dystopian Amer­ica within our generation.

I under­stand that there was a severe back­lash against Mus­lims after 911. Only the truly deplorable of the coun­try (by the real def­i­n­i­tion, not Hillary’s) would want a repeat of that. More recent his­tory has shown us that it’s no longer a major con­cern. I’m sure that CAIR or a left­ist activist orga­ni­za­tion can pro­duce sta­tis­tics that show a spike in hate crimes fol­low­ing ter­ror­ist attacks, but I would ques­tion the valid­ity. We’ve seen enough ter­ror­ist attacks in recent years (heck, months) to know that even after con­firmed attacks by rad­i­cal Islamic ter­ror­ists, the instant back­lash is min­i­mal or nonex­is­tent. The real fear, one that is actu­ally right­eous, is that of the hatred that dri­ves peo­ple to take action well after the fact. The arson of the mosque attended by Orlando ter­ror­ist Omar Mateen didn’t hap­pen in the hours imme­di­ately fol­low­ing the attack or even the days when it was hot in the news and con­firmed as being a ter­ror­ist attack. It hap­pened three months later. In other words, any­one jump­ing to an early con­clu­sion had zero bear­ing on the follow-​up crime.

Peo­ple are fond of say­ing that “words mat­ter” this elec­tion cycle. I agree. I just wish the media and politi­cians would use the right words. These acts were ter­ror­ist attacks, period. More may be com­ing. We must remain dili­gent with­out allow­ing fear to par­a­lyze us. This means call­ing things by what they are. Ter­ror­ism is ter­ror­ism. Label­ing it oth­er­wise is dan­ger­ous and stupid.

Attacks in New Jersey, New York, and Minnesota on Saturday were, by definition, terrorism. Websters’ Dictionary says that terrorism is “the use of violent acts to frighten the people in an area as a way of trying to achieve a political goal.” Today, we can add “religious goals” into the definition as well since nearly all acts of terrorism are done in the name of Islam.

I’m old enough to remember when the dystopian vision of George Orwell’s 1984 was as impossible to see in America as communism or anarchy. Now, it seems to be a race between the three most destructive societal establishments to see which one can take hold first. At this point, the most likely winner would be the totalitarian police state of 1984 creeping quickly into the thoughts of Americans because media’s and politicians’ mastery of doublespeak is polluting the cultural awareness.

Most non-conservatives don’t even think twice when the media questions Donald Trump about why he called the explosion in New York City a “bombing.” They want us to ignore the fact that dumpsters do not blow up by themselves. They definitely want us to pretend that Trump was evil for calling it a bombing while Hillary Clinton was righteous for calling it a bombing moments later.

Even this morning after it was revealed that there was a second bomb in the form of a pressure cooker rigged with a cellular detonator, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio said that it wasn’t terrorism. Keep in mind that he acknowledged it was an “intentional act” but wouldn’t say terrorism. What other motives can there for intentionally blowing up a dumpster on a busy street in the busiest city in America?

Even when Governor Andrew Cuomo comes out and admits it was terrorism, he has to add a qualifier to it by saying that it wasn’t “international” terrorism. Does that make you feel better?

Folks, that’s doublespeak. Just as Ft. Hood wasn’t “workplace violence,” the Chelsea bombing wasn’t a “waste management mishap,” though today it wouldn’t shock me to hear it called that by the press or the White House.

Pipe bombs in New Jersey are terrorism. Men asking people if they’re Muslims and referring to Allah before stabbing them is terrorism, but somehow the motives are still being questioned. It’s as if we’re so scared as a society to jump to conclusions that we won’t come to conclusions at all. This is a dangerous mentality for any nation that’s specifically targeted by multiple terrorist groups who have inserted or indoctrinated their agents into the population.

The key to the government’s success in 1984 was in how they redefined truth. History was whatever the government said it was. People were attacked for speaking the truth and rewarded for agreeing with the government’s lies. Their best weapon was the fear of consequences that they were able to impose on the people. They had to fear everyone they talked to, even family. Their best agents were children. The way that liberalism and doublespeak are spreading through the country, specifically within our education system and media, it’s no longer impossible to imagine a dystopian America within our generation.

I understand that there was a severe backlash against Muslims after 9/11. Only the truly deplorable of the country (by the real definition, not Hillary’s) would want a repeat of that. More recent history has shown us that it’s no longer a major concern. I’m sure that CAIR or a leftist activist organization can produce statistics that show a spike in hate crimes following terrorist attacks, but I would question the validity. We’ve seen enough terrorist attacks in recent years (heck, months) to know that even after confirmed attacks by radical Islamic terrorists, the instant backlash is minimal or nonexistent. The real fear, one that is actually righteous, is that of the hatred that drives people to take action well after the fact. The arson of the mosque attended by Orlando terrorist Omar Mateen didn’t happen in the hours immediately following the attack or even the days when it was hot in the news and confirmed as being a terrorist attack. It happened three months later. In other words, anyone jumping to an early conclusion had zero bearing on the follow-up crime.

People are fond of saying that “words matter” this election cycle. I agree. I just wish the media and politicians would use the right words. These acts were terrorist attacks, period. More may be coming. We must remain diligent without allowing fear to paralyze us. This means calling things by what they are. Terrorism is terrorism. Labeling it otherwise is dangerous and stupid.